Microsoft “eats its own dog food”, which means it deploys early
builds of its software internally to ensure the products are thoroughly
tested in a real world environment.
Currently, the majority of Microsoft's employees enjoy full admin
rights on their desktop PCs, which is an unusual practice in the
enterprise space as it makes possible for users to install unauthorised
software and introduce unwanted pests — such as spyware.
On the second day of the AusCERT conference on the Gold Coast, the director of Microsoft's internal security, Mark Estberg, told ZDNet Australia
that a security feature in Vista called User Access Control (UAC) could
mean less employees have full admin rights over their PCs.